Six Startups Join Oracle’s Global Startup Ecosystem Hub in Austin

Oracle this week announced six startups will join its inaugural class as part of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem hub in Austin. The startups include data.world, Eventador, Pilosa, ROIKOI, Senseye and Transmute. “The six startups entering our inaugural Austin program are ready to scale innovative enterprise technologies, and we are looking forward to being a […]

Health Insurance Startup Sana Benefits Moves Headquarters to Austin

Health insurance is broken from administration to customer experience and Sana Benefits wants to fix it. “Health insurance is awful,” said Will Young, co-founder of Sana Benefits. “It’s expensive. It’s opaque. It’s backward. We’re making something that is easy to use, saves money and still is really good insurance.” The healthcare insurance company recently moved […]

Rollick Lands $8.3 Million in Venture Capital Funding

Rollick announced Thursday that is has closed on $8.3 million in venture capital funding. The Austin-based company, which has created an online platform for dealers and retailers to sell powersports, RV, marine and industrial equipment, has raised $14 million to date. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners led the Series A round with participation from new investors […]

OJO Labs Acquires WolfNet and Plans to Grow Big in Austin

OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence and machine learning startup, has turned down multiple acquisition offers because it’s building a big company in Austin, said John Berkowitz, its co-founder. “We believe that we have the beginning of one of the largest companies ever to come out of Austin,” Berkowitz said. “We’re not selling early. We’re building […]

Six of the Biggest Mistakes Speakers Make Doing Presentations

Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when creating and giving presentations, according to Luke Goetting, founder of Puffingston Presentations, in Austin. “It comes down to respect for your audience,” Goetting said. “Would you want to sit through this presentation that you’re about to give?” Failure to Strategize the Big Picture – Presenters […]

Puffingston Presentations Helps Companies Engage and Inspire Audiences

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News After graduating from college, Luke Goetting worked in sales for RSI Video Technologies in Chicago, selling a wireless alarm system throughout the Midwest. “When I got into the real world, I thought all the presentations I would see would be very high quality,” Goetting said. Yet most […]

UT Austin Chemistry Assistant Professor Receives MacArthur Fellowship

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Livia Eberlin, 32, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, as one of its fellows for 2018. In all, the foundation awarded 25 fellowships, known as MacArthur Genius awards, and Eberlin was the only recipient in Texas. “Working […]

Universities Play a Key Role in Austin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Austin’s universities play a critical role in the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. At the first university tract during Austin Startup Week, Ashley Jennings, program manager in the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin, led a panel discussion on the importance of entrepreneurship on campus with experts from local universities. The […]

Stoplight Lands $3.25 Million to Help Companies Build Better Software Programs

In 2014, Marc MacLeod worked as an independent software consultant in Los Angeles building Application Programming Interfaces, known as APIs, for companies. MacLeod noticed that many of the APIs, which are systems of tools and resources in an operating system that enable developers to create software applications, lacked documentation and were poorly built. So, MacLeod […]

U.S. Army Futures Command Center Seeks to Collaborate with Austin Startups

The U.S. Army is creating augmented reality sunglasses with night vision, GPS and computer capabilities for soldiers, said Gen. John M. Murray, head of the U.S. Army Futures Command Center, based in Austin. It’s on the path in the next couple of years to put the capability of night vision goggles into a pair of […]